Recently, families, children and young adults from Naomi House & Jacksplace had a festive skate on the Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink before it was opened to the general public.
Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink donated the exclusive session to the hospices, which was a great opportunity for life limited children and young adults to come together with parents, siblings and friends and enjoy some treasured family time. Those that are confined to their wheelchairs were able to enjoy a sense of freedom – taking to the ice and speeding around in their chairs, whilst smaller children took to the safety of the penguin skating aids to help them navigate the rink.
Winchester Cathedral has opened the ice rink to Naomi House & Jacksplace before its official opening time for five years now, allowing the children and young adults to take to the ice with parents, carers and nurses, ensuring a safe skate for everyone.
Huw Bromage, Play Team Leader at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:
The families are always so excited to go ice skating in Winchester together, as it is sometimes the one and only time they can. We are dedicated to making sure Christmas is incredible for our families going through tougher times, so this experience definitely puts a smile on their faces and leaves them with lasting memories – some families have even made it their annual Christmas tradition! Thank you to the Winchester
Cathedral Ice Rink for inviting us down again this year – everyone had an amazing time and we were so honoured to be amongst the first on the ice.
Naomi House & Jacksplace provides respite, emergency and end of life care to life limited and life threatened children and young adults across central southern England, 24/7, 365 days of the year. To find out more about Naomi House & Jacksplace, visit: www.naomihouse.org.uk
To see the full album of photos from the event, please click here